What does lice look like in dark hair-Head lice are usually grayish-white or tan, but they can appear darker or lighter to match different hair colors. Nits, or lice eggs, have a shiny appearance and can appear white, especially in dark hair. Nits vary in color from light golden to dark brown, depending on how close they are to hatching.
According to the CDC, lice will be dark in color and the size of a poppy seed, while nits will be white or yellowish and found near the hair follicle about ¼ inch from the scalp. On dark hair, head lice and nits can be harder to spot than on lighter hair, so it’s important to look closely at the hair and scalp.
The empty egg casings that remain in the hair once the nymph has hatched are usually lighter in color, usually white or yellow, and are easier to see, especially on darker hair.